Laura Groeseneken, the Belgian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has revealed details about her entry for the contest in an interview with OGAE Belgium.
The entry has been chosen and at this moment, Groeseneken is busy with the creative process of the song. During the last three months, she participated in at least twenty writing sessions and VRT also received several songs. In the end, Laura chose a song that she wrote and composed herself. According to her, she fell in love with the song and gets goosebumps from it.
On the type of song her entry will be, she reveals that it will be “a pop song, but not a typical one. Not even for the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a bit mysterious.” She is already convinced about her entry’s chances because “outsiders can win”. The outfit for the Eurovision has also been chosen and the designer will be revealed at a later date.
This will not be the first time that Laura will perform in Lisbon. She previously performed at the Belgian Embassy in Lisbon nine years ago. She does not know what to expect at the Eurovision Song Contest:
“I expect a lot of people and that it will be a place where creative things will start, just like the World Expo in Milan”.
Although Laura did not plan to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest, she accepted the offer because it was a once in a lifetime offer. “I am going to do my very best for Belgium, but the expectations are high because of the good results of Loïc Nottet, Laura Tesoro and Blanche. That gives me an extra push. I will go to the Eurovision Song Contest to win. This is not something silly for me”.
The date when Laura’s song for Lisbon has yet to be revealed. Laura was announced as the Belgian representative for Lisbon in September, making her the first competing act for the 2018 contest to be revealed.
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.